Wishes for good luck and health pour in. At work, colleagues ask, “Excited?” “Ready?” Yep and yep. Friends and family reach out, wanting to meet for a hike, run or cup of tea. “When are you leaving?” “How long will it take to climb the mountain?” “When do you get back?”
Lets start with when do I leave. Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14.
Andy will drive Spence and I from Paul Smith’s College to Albany International Airport. There we’ll meet Tim, Henry, Paul and Justin and board our flight to Atlanta at 6:30 pm. From Atlanta, we’ll meet our 7th team member, Jason and settle in for an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile, arriving around 10:30 in the morning. https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/chile/santiago
How long will it take to climb the mountain? About 2-2.5 weeks. Below is the shakedown:
Day 1: Fly from Santiago to Mendoza, weather looks sunny and warm 80’s-90’s. https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/argentina/mendoza
Day 2: Get permits, head to Puenta del Inca
Days 3-5: Trek to base camp
Day 6: Rest day and set up base camp (14,271 ft)
Day 7: Carry to camp 1, sleep at base camp
Day 8: Carry remaining gear to camp 1 and sleep at camp 1 (16,568 ft)
Day 9: Rest day (optional, most likely not needed)
Day 10: Carry to camp 2, sleep at camp 1
Day 11: Carry and sleep at camp 2 (18,208 ft)
Day 12: Carry and camp at Standard Route (19,455 ft)
Days 13-15: Summit attempts via Polish Glacier and Standard Route (22,841 ft)
Day 16: Hike out (standard approach)
Day 17 –18: Head to Santiago (beach if time allows), then fly home Sunday, March 3.
When do you get home? Monday, March 4 is the scheduled day. Fingers crossed, I’ll be home Monday night and doing a huge load of laundry!